McCutcheon told it’s time to move

Posted By TEU on Oct 15, 2015 | 2 comments

Working people at the University of Auckland will rally for a negotiated pay rise next Wednesday.

Academics and professional staff at the university expect vice-chancellor Stuart McCutcheon to negotiate a pay increase with them like all the other universities do says TEU organiser Jane Kostanich.

“Every other university in New Zealand already negotiates pay rises. Inevitably, at some point, Auckland will too.”

The unions are seeking a negotiated pay offer from McCutcheon. Kostanich says they provided a pay claim to the university five months ago when they started negotiations but have received no offer yet back.

“We can only negotiate if we have something with which to negotiate.”

The unions are also planning to replace the university’s outdated and unfair performance pay system with a more modern successful system that values people.

“Workplaces are moving away from performance pay systems because they don’t work. We’ve come up with a new system that will improve people’s enjoyment of their job, and make working life fairer,” says Kostanich

The rally is scheduled for Wednesday 21 October, next week on the lawn outside the Graduate Centre. There will be transport to and from the rally for people working at Tamaki, Grafton, Epsom and Newmarket campuses.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Unions have solutions to fix zero-hours law
  2. Interest-free student loans benefit women
  3. Helen Kelly steps down from stronger union movement
  4. TEU wins TPPA court case against minister
  5. Release Dr Miguel Beltrán

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